The 2022 Super Bowl halftime show was one of the most hyped of all time, with a plethora of classic hip-hop on tap for the performance. Headliners included Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, who have a whopping combined 44 Grammys between them.
As a press conference before the show, Dr. Dre noted that hip-hop is currently the most popular music genre “in the world” and that an all-hip-hop halftime show was a long time coming. As the stage was being set during the halftime, one could sense the excitement in the crowd and in homes across the U.S.
It’s not often that a halftime show is performed in the daylight, but that was the case last night. Still, the set had the vibe of a nighttime, primetime performance at a night club or on the streets. For most of the performers, it was their first time at the Super Bowl. The exception was Blige, who appeared in 2001 alongside Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg started the show with “Next Episode” and “California Love.” Next came a surprise (but somewhat leaked) appearance from 50 Cent, rapping his 2003 smash “In Da Club.”
Mary J. Blige was up next, with a glistening white costume and a sea of backup dancers. She sang her 2001 hit “No More Drama” from one of the stages. Kendrick Lamar came on next, rapping “Alright” with a bunch of male backup dancers.
Finally, Detroit’s Eminem took the stage and belted out his inspirational hit “Lose Yourself.” At the end of his set, he kneeled in a reported tribute to Colin Kaepernick. Then, Dr. Dre took over again, performing “Still D.R.E.” on piano and rapping with Snoop Dogg to end the show.
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The full Super Bowl halftime is be available to view now on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and YouTube here. Past performers for the Super Bowl halftime show have included The Weeknd; Shakira and Jennifer Lopez; Travis Scott and Big Boi’; Justin Timberlake; Lady Gaga; Coldplay featuring Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson; Katy Perry featuring Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott; Bruno Mars featuring featuring the Red Hot Chili Pepper; Beyoncé featuring Destiny’s Child; Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj; and more.